Youth in multiple states went on a vandalizing spree a day after the Centre launched Agneepath scheme, a major recruitment plan for the armed forces, with youngsters accusing the government of not providing job security, however, the chiefs of armed forces and authorities have said people are being ‘misinformed’.
Several aspirants for the armed forces expressed dissatisfaction over the length of service, no pension provisions for those released early and the 17.5 to 21-year age restriction under the scheme. The protesters, therefore, demanded that the government withdraws the scheme, saying the process of recruitment should be the same as earlier.
“We demand that the recruitment be done as it used to be done earlier. Agnipath scheme must be rolled back. Nobody will go to the Army just for four years,” a protester was quoted by news agency ANI as saying.
Another protester from Jehanabad said, “Where will we go after working for only four years? We will be homeless after four years of service. We have jammed the roads. The country’s leaders will get to know that people are aware.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has urged the Union government to give youths the chance to serve the country throughout their life, not just for four years.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi came out in support of defence job aspirants protesting the Agnipath scheme. Taking aim at PM, the Gandhi scion said that the central government has not been providing jobs nor respecting the armed forces.
WHAT IS AGNEEPATH SCHEME?
India’s defence ministry will hire 46,000 youth every year for a span of 4-years where the recruits would be trained by the armed forces in the skills required.
Of these, about 25% would be retained for an additional tenure of 15 years for permanent commission. The others would be allowed to leave and given a Seva Nidhi – a corpus of one time amount of Rs. 11.71 lakh plus interest.
New recruits will receive a monthly package that includes benefits such as risk and hardship allowances. They will receive a monthly salary of Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000. The Agniveers will also receive a non-contributory insurance cover of ₹48 lakh during the period.